Whisper Me Thisby Kerry Anne King Published 01 Aug 2018
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Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect.
Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Her confused father has destroyed family records, including her mother’s final wishes. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley.
Maisey’s obsession with solving the mystery of her sister forces her to examine her darkest memories and triggers a custody battle with Elle’s father. Will Maisey’s love for her daughter be strong enough to break a cycle of abuse and create a new beginning for them all?
"Whisper Me This" Reviews
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up.
When I first started Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King I was speeding through it and expected to really like it, unfortunately it ended up falling a little short of the mark for me.
In Whisper Me This Maisey has never quite lived up to her mother's expectations. She has held a series of dead-end jobs, and has never gotten married - two things that her mom desperately wanted for her to change. When Maisey finds out her mom is in a coma and her dad might be charged with abuse and neglect, she goes back to her childhood home with her daughter Elle and must come to terms with her confused father, what to do about her mom, and what she feels are her own shortcomings and failures.
There is a mystery theme in this book that kept me reading and turning pages. The book switched between Leah's journal (Maisey's mom), Maisey, and a love interest for Maisey - Tony. Tony is holding onto his own guilt and secrets, as well as Maisey finding out she has a sister that her mom made her believe was a figment of her imagination. Slowly the story unravels, both the story of Maisey's mom and Tony's story, and it was definitely a slow burner of a story overall.
The biggest thing for me was that I wasn't a huge fan of Maisey and didn't really find myself rooting for her, at least not at first. She seemed incredibly flighty and childlike - even though she has a 12 year old daughter she is supposed to be raising - but we find out there is a reason for the way she acts. I did think she redeems herself towards the end, even though I wanted to smack her over the head a few times to stand up for herself. I think this was a pretty realistic description though so you can't really be mad at her too much. She is dealing with some pretty tough sh*t in this book.
Which brings me to the next thing, so many trigger warnings for this book and they all deal with abuse. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, etc. all directed at females or children. I have to admit it was a pretty tough book to read even though the author tries to infuse hope into it. The end is more uplifting than the majority of the book, and I found myself in tears more than once. Just know it is a very tough read despite the hopeful bits.
Final Thought: There was just something about this book that didn't sit quite right with me, but hell if I can articulate what it is. The mysteries that unravel just produce even more pain, and although I felt slightly better at the ending, the overall feel of this novel was pretty melancholy to me. Well written, but read at your own risk! I think I just found it too sad and frustrating, but that's just me and other people will probably really like this book and the message it delivers.
Amazon First selection.
I'm kinda on the fence about whether this is a 3 star or 3.5 star read but since it did hold my interest I will round up. Maisey receives a phone call that her mom is in a coma and her father might be charged with abuse and neglect. She races to her childhood home in Washington with her daughter and attempts to figure out what the heck is going on and why her father was trying to destroy family records. As Maisey digs around for answers she discovers she has a long lost sister.
Like I said before the book held my interest but I can't say it was the most satisfying read. I hate to say that because the author did attempt to tackle a serious subject but I think the execution was slightly off. The first half of the book worked better than the second half because you are curious about what secrets Maisey's mother is hiding. By the time everything is revealed it almost feels underwhelming. There were parts of the story that I thought were underdeveloped towards the end. I thought the introduction of Tony and his family didn't feel natural although at least there was an interesting backstory there.
I think the best way to describe this book is it feels like a Lifetime Channel movie. The plot is interesting enough for you to watch, or in this case read, over the course of an afternoon, but it really isn't anything you haven't seen before. I do think some people will connect more with this book than others given the subject matter that is more of a theme in the second half of the book. Overall, it was a decent selection for my free Amazon Kindle First ebook.
Whisper Me This is an incredible emotional drama with generations of unspeakable secrets, fragmented memories, lies, deep grief, fear and yet love and hope. Maisey is brought suddenly back home with her 13 year old daughter Elle to deal with her dying mother and father who appears to be in an unbalanced state of mind. This story is written with such compassion, and relatable characters your heart just aches for, and others so horrible you want to do then in. There are journal pages that give clues to the old mysteries, and add heart pounding moments to the story as it enfolds with moments of indecision, and suspicion. I fell in love with Elle, for her wisdom and courage; she was her Mom's best support. Haunting memories that were squelched for Maisey when she mentioned her imaginary friend Marley when she was a little child kept reappearing as nightmares as she goes through her present day. A book I devoured from the first pages, I keep seeing these characters in my mind, you don't want to miss reading this one!
“Whisper Me This” by Kerry Anne King, is a thought-provoking, intriguing, intense and emotional read. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery. Kudos to Kerry Anne King for discussing issues of physical and emotional abuse and how it affects others.In this novel, the author not only describes a woman’s point of view, but shows the men’s reaction as well. The author writes about the importance of family, mother-daughter relationships, emotional support, honesty, love and hope. This is also a novel where the characters have many dark secrets. The timeline is in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the stories.
The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. As deep, dark secrets start to unravel, single mom. Maisey Addington finds that her world as she knows it will change forever. Maisey has a strong connection to her young daughter Elle, and would do anything to protect her. A phone call brings Maisey and Elle back to her hometown where her mother is in a coma, and it looks like her frail Dad might be responsible for it. Someone is responsible for older fractures and broken bones that Maisey’s Mom has.
When Maisey was a child, she would have an imaginary friend named Marley. Whenever Maisey would mention Marley’s name, her mother would go into quite a fury. Now it seems, that there really is a Marley, Maisey’s twin sister. Maisey becomes obsessed in finding her sister, and could be in danger. I would recommend this captivating story to readers that enjoy a thought-provoking, and suspenseful novel. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.